September 24, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Best Beaches

TwitchCon 2019 is fast-approaching and we’ve done our best to get you ready to visit San Diego over the last few weeks. We thought we gave you everything you’d need to find the best places to eat, drink, and hang out at but somehow we forgot one important thing, the beach. A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without at least a quick stop to one of the city’s great beaches.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Pier by Lupita Pascual

Take a trip back to 1975 in this San Diego beach town known for its laid back attitude where shoes are always optional. Ocean Beach is home to the second-longest pier on the West Coast, spanning almost 2,000 feet long. The pier is host to a collection of colorful characters and fishing is always welcome with a proper license.

The whole town is dog-friendly and famous for a small portion known as Dog Beach reserved exclusively for our furry friends. There’s plenty of laid back breweries, bars, and restaurants along Newport Ave if you need an escape from the sun and want to mingle with some of the locals that fondly refer to themselves as OBcean’s (pronounced “oh-BEE-shun”).

To close out your day, head just south of Ocean Beach to Sunset Cliffs for a relaxing stroll with beautiful scenery and a great photo op.

Pacific Beach

About 15 minutes north of downtown lies Pacific beach, a lively beach town known for its younger crowd and nightlife. Enjoy a day of fishing off of the Crystal Pier, learn to surf, or just grab a drink and some food at any of the 50 some odd restaurants and taco shops along Garnet Avenue and Mission Blvd.

PB, as it’s known to the locals, can be pretty busy on the weekends and when the sun sets for the day, the nightlife rivals that of Downtown’s. At the very least, people watching along the boardwalk in PB is always sure to bring a smile.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla coastline
This photo, “La Jolla Coastline” provided by SD Dirk is made available under an Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license

Those looking for fresh air, cool breeze, and mellow surf should look no further than La Jolla Shores. Located about 20 minutes north of Downtown, La Jolla Shores is home to sea cave kayak tours and some of the best surf lessons around. Enjoy swimming or tanning at this calm beach with a small boardwalk connected to the quaint La Jolla Shores community. Situated right next to beautiful Torrey Pines, La Jolla Shores is also perfect for hang gliding or parasailing.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a peninsula just south of Pacific Beach that spans 3 miles long and flanked by the ocean and Mission Bay on either side. Mission Beach is a mellow beach town with multimillion-dollar homes running the length of the boardwalk. The ocean front is a great place to relax and watch the waves roll in and if you want to take it even slower, visit the bayside and watch sailboats and paddleboarders cruise the calm waters.

Renting a beach cruiser for the day remains one of the most popular modes of transportation and makes for a great way to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that Mission Beach offers. Finally, stop by Belmont Park for some ice cream and a roller coaster ride or go to Draft for some oceanfront beer and cocktails.

Coronado Beach

Hotel del Coronado
The photo, “Hotel del Coronado” provided by Heather Paul is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Take a short trip over the Coronado Bridge and you’ll find one of the largest beaches in San Diego. Coronado Beach offers great views of the Harbor and Downtown San Diego all the while being easily accessible by car or Ferry ride.

Once you’ve made it across to the west side of Coronado island, enjoy a vast and expansive beach with some of the softest sand around. While you’re there, be sure to visit the historic Hotel del Coronado, one of the most famous (and allegedly haunted) places in California.

TwitchCon 2019 is at the end of the week to close out September and the OP Group team could not be more excited for all of you to visit our home town. We hope that this blog series helped you mark some things to do while you’re in San Diego and look forward to seeing you here soon!